March 2008

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Monday, March 24, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Fonda/Stevens Group

Michael Jefry Stevens, piano
Joe Fonda, double-bass
Herb Robertson, trumpet
Harvey Sorgen, drums

With over 15 years of performing together in various ensembles the powerful acoustic NYC based jazz ensemble features the music of bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens performing with master percussionist Harvey Sorgen and the brilliant modern jazz trumpet legend Herb Robertson.

Pianist and co-leader Michael Jefry Stevens has performed and/or recorded with Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Gerry Hemingway, Billy Martin, Pheeroan Aklaff, Leo Wadada Smith, Steve Turre, Cecil Bridgewater, Valery Ponomerev, Potato Valdez, Thomas Chapin, and Dominic Duval. His most recent releases include The Equinox Trio: Dominic Duval (Leo Records), The Fonda Stevens Group's Evolution (Leo Records) and Stevens, Siegal and Ferguson's Panorama (Imaginary Jazz).

Bassist and co-leader Joe Fonda has developed an extensive international reputation over the last several years recording and touring with the world renowned Anthony Braxton including performances at some of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Istanbul International Jazz Festival. He is also the featured bassist on numerous recording with Mr. Braxton, including the famed Charlie Parker Project Recordings as well as the piano quartet recordings with Braxton on piano Mr. Fonda has performed with such notable musicians as Ken McIntyre, Charlie Persip, Lou Donaldson, Perry Robinson, Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Curtis Fuller, Chico Hamilton, and others. He recently recorded his first solo bass CD and has released numerous CDs on the Konnex jazz label, Leo Records, and the Music and Arts label.

Master drummer Harvey Sorgen has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Bruce Hornsby, Jack DeJohnette, Bob Weir, David Torn, Ahmad Jamal, Los Lobos, Art Lande, Roswell Rudd, NRBQ, and Bill Frisell. He is currently a working member of the world famous rock group Hot Tuna and was a featured in a recent modern drummer interview article. His album credits include Hot Tuna, The Arc Quartet, The Mallards, the Mosaic Sextet, NRBQ, and Sorgen-Rust-Stevens Trio. His first instructional video, Drumming Made Easy is available worldwide from Homespun Tapes, Inc.

Herb Robertson is internationally renowned as one of the most innovative trumpet/brass improvisers of the twentieth century. In 1981, Robertson became one of the original members of Tim Berne's ensemble and shortly after joined Mark Helias' band. It was with these two artists that Robertson first began receiving enormous critical acclaim for his original brass concept incorporating extended mute techniques. Mr. Robertson has recorded five albums under his own name and has appeared with such artists as Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Charlie Haden Music Liberation Orchestration, Anthony Davis, Elliott Sharp, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Barry Guy and the London Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Paul Motian, and Dewy Redman, among others. He has performed at most of the important European Jazz and New Music festivals including the October Meeting in Amsterdam, the Moers Festival in Berlin, Saalfelden, Willasau, Arri and Nicklesdorf Music festivals.

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